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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Speedwell

I'm so excited to report that work has begun on Speedwell, the sequel to Daffodils.
Speedwell is another beautiful flower. One that spreads through lawns and is the most ravishing shade of blue.
I'll say no more about the name of the book just yet! Except to say, it's perfect for the new story...



Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Borrowing Daffodils #http://amzn.to/19iDLtI for FREE!

Don't forget that even though the free promotion is over for Daffodils, as it is a 'Prime' book you can still borrow it for free.  It helps everyone, as I get some royalties too!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

10,000 Downloads for #Daffodils!

Thank you to each and everyone of you 10,000 people all over the world who downloaded Daffodils.
I hope you enjoy  this tender love story.
It would be great to receive reviews and mentions such as tweets and shares if you do enjoy it and I shall feel well rewarded.
If you like my work, my first book is called The Twisted Vine and is available on www.amazon.com  and I'm working on a new ghost story called The Rose Trail set against the backdrop of the British Civil War.
A sequel to Daffodils is planned, called Speedwell, where you can follow Katy's tumultuous life through the rapid changes that the roaring Twenties bring to Cheadle Manor.
Progress on all of the above will be posted here.
Thanks again for your interest in my work.

Friday, 22 November 2013

LAST FEW HOURS OF FREEBIE

It's the last few hours of a very successful promotion for Daffodils.
Roughly 10,000 people have downloaded this story. Thank you each and everyone.
I hope everybody who reads about Katy and Jem will grow to love them and want to know what's going to happen next in their eventful lives.
I have lots of ideas for a sequel, which is going to be called Speedwell.
Some of you might guess what that title means!
You can bet that Katy will continue to stir up everyone around her as the 1920's roar in.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Free promotion for Daffodils starts today

The FREE promotion for Daffodils starts today on www.amazon.com and world wide.

I have very mixed feelings about giving away my book. It took me ten years to write, off and on and a great deal of research, but as a new author, these promotions seem to be the best way of getting stories out there to be read and enjoyed.

I hope everyone who downloads Daffodils will enjoy the story and if they do, to return the favour with a positive review, as a thank you. Positive reviews are great motivators to us writers!

A sequel is planned with the same characters following the story on through the post war years of the twenties. Katy will continue to challenge the men around her and the massive changes that the war triggered will lead to all sorts of interesting conflicts and challenges for the characters you will meet in Daffodils.  I haven't yet written a single word, as I'm working on another story at the moment, but the ideas are flooding in.  I even have a title - Speedwell.

When the current work in progress, The Rose Trail, and the sequel to Daffodils, Speedwell, are published, it will be announced here.

Happy reading! And thank you for your interest in my work. I do love to write, and appreciate every single person who reads my stories and any positive feedback you feel moved to say.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Free Promotion for Daffodils

Hi just giving advance notice that Daffodils http://amzn.to/19iDLtI
is going free from November 21st to 23rd 2013

Sunday, 10 November 2013

And she's off! New Version of Daffodils up and running.

Pleased to announced that, despite the glitches, the new version of #DAFFODILS is up and running on #www.amazon.co.uk and #www.amazon.com and other countries.

This is a new, improved edition, thanks to the help and advice of editor, # www.johnhudspith.co.uk who taught me all about POV filters, over-writing (my greatest sin) some formatting tricks and how to wield a scalpel.
Thanks Johnny!

Gremlins

Self publishing isn't all plain sailing. I've been working intensively on Daffodils for about four weeks now, revising, polishing, tweaking and clipping it. I'm immensely grateful to John Hudspith (editor @ www.johnhudspith.co.uk ) who explained previously unknown rules about writing to me - things like POV filter, some formatting issues and simply over-writing.
Having gone through the entire manuscript this morning, sitting in my dressing-gown, too wrapped up in it to notice, I took the plunge and uploaded the new, crisper version of my treasure to KDP. As it was whirring through the upload, our internet connection cut out.
Now I cannot access my book to check if it's the right version, if the new formatting has worked or the new blurb looks good on the www.amazon.co.uk and .com pages.
This is total agony! I know I only have to wait for it to go live but the frustration of that long-awaited moment is pretty testing.
I'm going to go out for a walk in the autumn sunshine to clear my head and stop myself from throwing the computer through the window.
I might even get dressed first.
Hopefully, the new version is being installed, as I type.  When, if, it arrives, I shall trumpet it loud and clear on this blog!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

New 5* review and editing happening!

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Excellent, November 8, 2013

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This review is from: Daffodils (Kindle Edition)
This was a really good story. Not sure if the other one by this writer The Twisted Vine will hold up to these standards but I guess I'll just have to wait and see next month. It's light reading to some extent but also very sad at times. I highly recommend it.

Just received this review from America. This was especially welcome, as I've had a dry spell whilst I've been editing Daffodils, with professional help. I knew I had a good story there but I also knew it needed a tweak.
Thanks to John Hudspith, Editor, the new version will be up on Amazon very soon. Cleaner, fresher, sharper. Get your box of tissues ready!

Thanks for the valuable lessons, Johnny!
www.johnhudspith.co.uk